Convertible Patents (Class 112/168)
  • Patent number: 9518348
    Abstract: A presser foot has a rod pin and is received by an engagement groove provided with a presser holder. By measuring the resistance value of the rod pin, the rod pin is identified. Terminals are provided with the engagement groove, which contact the rod pin for measuring the resistance. The terminals are connected to a circuit that connects to a circuit of a presser bar. A receiving groove is formed at the presser holder, an inserting part is formed at the lower end of the presser bar, and the presser holder is connected to the presser bar by setting the inserting part in the receiving groove and fixing it. The terminals and the circuit are provided with the inserting part connecting to the electrical resistance measuring apparatus where the resistance of the rod pin is measured, then determination apparatus identifies the rod pin and a display informs the result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Janome Sewing Machine Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Muneyuki Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 7568441
    Abstract: An embroidery unit (30) attachable to a sewing machine bed (1) of a sewing machine (M) capable of executing a normal mode executing sewing operation while vertically moving a feed dog (13) provided in the sewing machine bed (1) and an embroidery mode executing sewing operation while maintaining the feed dog (13) below a needle plate (1b) and provided with an embroidery frame feed mechanism moving an embroidery frame (33) holding a workpiece cloth provided with a mode switch unit (35) for selectively switching the feed dog (13) between the normal mode and the embroidery mode with the embroidery unit attached to the sewing machine bed (1); and a selection switch unit (50) switching status of the mode switch unit to embroidery mode in synchronization with a removing operation when removing the embroidery unit from the sewing machine bed (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2009
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiroaki Fukao
  • Patent number: 6752307
    Abstract: A needle assembly for a tagger gun includes a needle carrier slidably disposed within the tagger gun casing, a needle removably mounted into a needle bore in the needle carrier, and a needle lock snap-mounted into a needle lock bore in the needle carrier. The needle lock includes a locking post having a first end and a second end, and an enlarged head formed onto the second end. The locking post is shaped to include a longitudinally-extending slot which bifurcates the first end into a pair of parallel fingers. A ratchet-shaped tooth is formed onto each finger, each tooth including a tapered surface for guiding the needle lock into needle lock bore and an engagement surface for retaining the needle lock mounted in the needle carrier. In use, the needle lock can be rotated about its longitudinal axis to selectively lock the needle in place within the needle bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2004
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventor: Jeffrey A. Raymond
  • Patent number: 6694906
    Abstract: A system for converting an automatic embroidery machine from one type of work to another type of work is disclosed. The invention adapts a cap frame sash or driver unit or sash to be quickly mounted to and dismounted from a tubular frame sash or holder. The cap frame sash has additional braces so that the cap frame sash snaps into a tubular frame sash. The tubular frame sash has clips that engage the additional braces on the cap frame sash in a quick-release fashion. There is no need to remove the tubular frame sash from the machine to embroider caps. The flat work frame is simply snapped out of the clips of the tubular frame sash, and the cap frame driver or sash is snapped into the tubular frame sash. The invention uses spring clips, registration pins, and complementary sockets. No fasteners are required since a single type of sash is able to accommodate more than one type of workpiece frame when the embroidery machine is reconfigured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2004
    Inventor: James Buck
  • Patent number: 6305304
    Abstract: The sewing machine comprises two hooks 27a and 27b which are respectively disposed in such a manner as to correspond to two needles 7 and 7 provided in the present sewing machine, hook gap adjusting device 33-35 respectively for changing the gap between the two hooks 27a and 27b, drive device 36 for driving the hook gap adjusting device 33-35, transmission device 37-41 respectively for transmitting the driving of the drive device 36 to the hook gap adjusting device 33-35, and control device 50 for controlling the driving of the drive device 36 to thereby control the above gap between the two hooks, whereby the sewing machine is able to move the hooks 27a and 27b easily only by driving the drive device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2001
    Assignee: Juki Corporation
    Inventors: Makoto Tanaka, Noriyuki Hirose, Akira Maeda, Masahiko Tanaka, Kenji Kitada, Hiroyuki Kazehare
  • Patent number: 6293212
    Abstract: A sewing machine with an embroidery stitching function is disclosed, wherein a needle is vertically reciprocated to form stitches on a work held by an embroidering frame (19) which is moved in X-Y directions by a frame moving device relative to the needle on a working surface (2a) of a working bed (2), the frame moving device being composed of composed of a first mechanism (A) for moving said embroidering frame in the Y direction and a second mechanism (B) for moving the embroidering frame in the X direction, the first mechanism (A) being located on the working surface and connected to the embroidering frame (19) and the second mechanism (B) being housed in the sewing machine, the first mechanism (A) being moved by the second mechanism (B) to one end of the working bed (2) where the first mechanism (A) is rotated to a retreated position at the time of carrying out the ordinary stitching operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2001
    Assignee: Janome Sewing Machine Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Yoshikazu Ebata, Tsutomu Takagi, Eiichi Shomura
  • Patent number: 6070541
    Abstract: A overedge sewing machine comprises: drive mechanisms for selectively carrying out a hemstitch sewing operation and flat stitch and double-chain stitch sewing operations; a needle plate having a stitch finger, a guide needle piece and a stitch tongue reciprocatable between an operation position and a non-operation position outside the needle plate claw and guide needle; and three needles mounted removably thereon in such a manner that the three needles are arranged in parallel to each other substantially on a straight line, wherein a needle point which is used in common with the overedge sewing operation and the flat stitch and double-chain stitch sewing operations is positioned between the stitch tongue and the guide needle piece respectively provided in the needle plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2000
    Assignee: Juki Corporation
    Inventors: Katsutoshi Kinoshita, Kazuhiro Okuda
  • Patent number: 6044782
    Abstract: A holder for sewing machine bobbins containing thread which will be used with a serger. The holder has an aperture with a grommet therein that will fit the spindle on any brand of serger and will secure the holder on the serger. The holder also includes a plurality of spindles which will hold the sewing machine bobbins, and a cover with apertures through which the threads can be extended to connect to the serger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2000
    Inventors: Debra D. Fressemann, Ricky R. Drape
  • Patent number: 5890446
    Abstract: A bed portion, minutely speaking, a portion corresponding to a rise-and-fall position of a needle, of a lock stitching machine or an over-lock stitching machine is formed into a unit and combined with a machine proper in a mounting/detaching free state, and uses plural sewing units that are selectively exchanged for each other. The machine proper 1 is formed by cutting of a top portion of a bed 1" on the right of a needle plate portion, leaving the cut-off portion as a connecting surface 5. A sewing unit 2 or 3 is formed by providing a needle plate 12, feeding teeth 13, a shuttle drive mechanism 15, a cloth feed mechanism 19 or loopers 47 and 49 and their drive mechanism 48 and 58 in one unit body. Its right side is left as a connecting surface 20, and the two elements are combined as one body in a mounting/detaching free state through a shaft coupling 7, a fitting portion 10 and a combining means 11, respectively protruding on the abovementioned two connecting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 6, 1999
    Assignee: Hosei Mishin Seizo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Osamu Koshinaka
  • Patent number: 5862766
    Abstract: A convertible sewing machine utilizes plain-seaming and closed-seaming head assemblies to provide both plain-seaming and closed-seaming functions in a single integral package. The convertible sewing machine includes a housing having opposing ends, a plain-seaming head-assembly disposed at one end of the housing, a closed-seaming head-assembly disposed at the other end of the housing, a drive motor and a drive-coupling assembly for mechanically coupling the drive motor and at least one of the plain-seaming and closed-seaming head-assemblies. The drive-coupling assembly is capable of selectively engaging either, or both of, the head-assemblies. A turntable mechanism can also be included for rotating the convertible sewing machine into several positions of operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 26, 1999
    Inventor: Man Kit Fung
  • Patent number: 5806448
    Abstract: An overlock sewing machine which can readily form a rolled seam with no requirement for a complicated tension adjusting operation is disclosed. In this overlock sewing machine, an auxiliary thread tensioner (15) is provided independently of a main thread tensioner (4), providing a lower looper thread (9) with thread tension which is necessary for forming an over-edge chain stitch, in the vicinity thereof. An end cam (25) is provided on a shaft (13) of a dial (12) for feed adjustment, so that an upper pawl (23) rams one portion of the peripheral edge of a tension disc (20) and expands a side which is opposed thereto for canceling tension provision to the lower looper thread (9) passed through tension discs and provides the tension only by the main thread tensioner (4) to carry out an ordinary over-edge chain stitch when a lower pawl (24) is engaged with a high lift part of the end cam (25).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1998
    Assignee: Jaguar Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Osamu Matsuo, Yoshikazu Suzuki
  • Patent number: 5791272
    Abstract: A sewing machine including a head portion for mounting a needle with a needle thread; a needle drive motor for driving the needle; a bed portion; and a loop taker module detachably fixed to the bed portion and including: a loop taker for catching a thread loop of the needle thread of the needle; and a loop taker drive motor for driving the loop taker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 11, 1998
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kohichi Akahane, Takashi Kondo, Masaki Shimizu, Yoshikazu Kurono, Fumiaki Asano
  • Patent number: 5711238
    Abstract: An overlock sewing machine which can switch its operation from an ordinary over-edge chain stitch to a rolled seam or vice versa with no requirement for a complicated operation of adjusting thread tension is obtained. This overlock sewing machine is provided with a spring for providing a thread with prescribed tension. The overlock sewing machine is further provided with a switching mechanism for switching the thread tension between that for the rolled seam and that for the over-edge chain stitch by switching the spring between a tensioning state and a non-tensioning state. Thus, the thread tension is readily switched between that for the rolled seam and that for the over-edge chain stitch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 27, 1998
    Assignee: Jaguar Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Osamu Matsuo, Yoshikazu Suzuki
  • Patent number: 5704303
    Abstract: A sewing machine includes two rods rotatably and slidably supported in the sewing machine and two lower loopers secured on the rods. A spindle is coupled to the rods by an eccentric and coupling members for rotating the rods and the lower loopers. One of the lower loopers may be moved axially together with one rod to which a pawl is rotatably supported, The pawl may be selectively engaging with the other rod for allowing the pawl to selectively moving the other rod axially and for allowing the lower loopers to perform two double chain stitchings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 6, 1998
    Inventor: Hsien Chang Tseng
  • Patent number: 5697310
    Abstract: In a looper switching mechanism for an overlock sewing machine, a needle having a needle thread and movable vertically, is provided. A right looper having a thread hole at a tip end through which a right looper thread is inserted, includes a mounting hole into which a shaft portion of a spreader member body is attached. A hook portion having a tip end engageable with the thread hole is coupled to and extends from the spreader member body thereby forming the a spreader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 16, 1997
    Assignee: The Singer Company N.V.
    Inventors: Yoshirou Shirakura, Shinji Kojima
  • Patent number: 5653185
    Abstract: A jump foot kit assembly for a sewing machine. As such, the invention is particularly useful in providing jump foot capabilities to sewing machines which were not configured by the manufacturer to have jump foot capabilities. In one embodiment, the jump foot kit assembly includes a housing which is detachably interconnectable with the sewing machine. The housing includes a bore extending through at least a lower portion of the housing such that a jump foot bar may be movably received therein. A jump foot is preferably detachably connected to a lower portion of the jump foot bar and an appropriate linkage assembly may operatively interconnect the sewing needle drive assembly and the jump foot bar to move the jump foot into and out of engagement with stitchable material being sewn upon by the sewing needle in timed relation with the sewing needle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 5, 1997
    Assignee: Ralph's Industrial Sewing Machine Company
    Inventor: Paul Badillo
  • Patent number: 5549062
    Abstract: A shuttle hook driving device for driving a shuttle hook having a beak disposed between a needle drop position and a bobbin thread lead-out point of a bobbin in a sewing machine which includes a main shaft, a needle bar, a thread take-up lever, and a conversion mechanism for converting a rotation of the main shaft into an oscillating motion, the shuttle hook driving device comprises: a counter balance connected to the needle bar and the thread take-up lever, the counter balance being mounted on the main shaft such that the counter balance is displaced a predetermined angle with respect to the main shaft as compared with a standard sewing machine; an output shaft received the oscillating motion from the conversion mechanism, the output shaft being connected to the conversion device in right-left inverted relation with respect to an axis thereof as compared with the standard sewing machine, using an uppermost point of the needle bar as a reference; and a driver connected to the output shaft, for driving the shu
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 27, 1996
    Assignee: Juki Corporation
    Inventors: Takashi Yamashita, Minoru Wada
  • Patent number: 5529003
    Abstract: A rolled hem switching device comprises a lower knife mounting base which is arranged below a throat plate and is adjustably movable in a lateral direction by way of a laterally moving mechanism provided on a sewing machine frame, a moving pawl which slidably engages a guide groove extending in a cloth feeding direction on a side surface of the lower knife mounting base, a presser member which is fixed to the lower knife mounting base and slidably supports a side surface of the moving pawl and which comprises a horizontal slit of a given length for projecting a projecting portion of the moving pawl therethrough and a lower knife which is fixed to a side surface of the lower knife mounting base at a front side of the presser member for slidably supporting a side surface of the moving pawl.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 25, 1996
    Assignee: The Singer Company N.V.
    Inventors: Shinji Kojima, Norio Tezuka
  • Patent number: 5441003
    Abstract: A sewing machine is comprised of a bed, an arm having a vertical portion set upright on the bed, and a horizontal portion horizontally extending from the upper end of the vertical portion, an arm shaft extended within and journaled on the arm, a sewing head detachably joined to the extremity of the arm, a needle bar incorporated into the sewing head, supported so as to be driven for vertical reciprocation on the sewing head by the arm shaft, and capable of being removed from the arm together with the sewing head, a motion converting means detachably connected with the needle bar to convert the rotation of the arm shaft into the reciprocation of the needle bar, a needle thread feed device disposed on the sewing head to feed a needle thread to a needle attached to the lower end of the needle bar, and a thread takeup device disposed on the arm and capable of operating in synchronism with the vertical reciprocation of the needle bar to draw up the slack needle thread and of releasing the needle thread.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 15, 1995
    Assignee: Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tadaaki Hashiride
  • Patent number: 5400730
    Abstract: A sewing device (13) consists of a basic unit (13) comprising the main motor, the needle bar (27), and the take-up lever (31), and a shuttle block (24) detachably mounted thereto which comprises the shuttle (35) with the thread bobbin (36) for the lower thread. For changing an empty thread bobbin, the sewing machine mounted to a robot arm is inserted into a reception unit (21) in which the shuttle block (24) remains, whereas the basic unit (23) is moved to another shuttle block with full thread bobbin (36a) and receives it. The sewing machine does not require a time-consuming manual change of the thread bobbin for the lower thread.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 28, 1995
    Assignee: Moll Automatische Naehsystems GmbH i.g.
    Inventors: Philipp Moll, Norbert Laschet
  • Patent number: 5315943
    Abstract: For conversion of stitch mode from one stitch shape to the other stitch shape without interference with one another, a safety device for a sewing machine, as a safeguard against malfunction of the machine when conversion is made, is equipped with a stitch forming signal generator means for associating a signal with a stitch mode, a mounting-demounting signal generator means for associating a signal with table displacement, and a circuit for rendering a motor inactive irrespective of operation of a controller for the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 31, 1994
    Assignee: Juki Corporation
    Inventor: Takahisa Sonoda
  • Patent number: 5282432
    Abstract: There is provided a needle attachment position indicator device for use in a sewing machine of a type comprising a stitch pattern forming mechanism provided in a machine frame for permitting selection of one stitch pattern from a plurality of different stitch patterns, an actuator member disposed in the machine frame for permitting selection of the stitch pattern, an actuation mechanism disposed in the machine frame for setting the stitch pattern forming mechanism at selected stitch pattern in response to the selective actuation of the actuator member, and needle holding means having a plurality of needle attachment positions. The device includes an indicator member capable of indicating needle attachment position corresponding to the selected stitch pattern, in response to the selective actuation of the actuator member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 1992
    Date of Patent: February 1, 1994
    Assignee: Juki Corporation
    Inventors: Shuji Fujita, Shiro Satoma, Yasushi Baba
  • Patent number: 5269240
    Abstract: An overcast sewing machine in which a plurality of different stitch types can be sewn.Various designs are disclosed for sewing alternatingly the stitch types 512 and 514, which consist of two needle threads, one lower looper thread and one overcast looper thread. In one design, the holder of the overcast looper can be fixed in a first working position, in which both needle threads are interlinked with the overcast looper thread, and can be displaced into a second working position, in which only one needle thread is interlinked with the overcast looper thread. According to another design, two thread eyes are provided in the overcast looper and the overcast looper thread is threaded through one of these thread eyes to form one of the stitch types and through the other thread eye to form the other stitch type. In addition, stitch type 504, consisting of three threads, can be formed by removing one needle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 14, 1993
    Assignee: Pfaff Haushlatmaschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Helmar Holl, Gunter Meier
  • Patent number: 5255622
    Abstract: An overlock sewing machine is provided with means for driving a lower looper according to a plurality of different oscillational movements independently of each other, a clutch mechanism for changing the aforementioned movements from one to the other mode, a back and forth drive mechanism for moving a lower looper back and forth, a mechanism for transmitting movement of the back and forth drive mechanism to a lower looper and releasing transmission of the movement therefrom, a lower looper oscillating means for oscillatively moving a lower looper, a mechanism for releasing oscillational movement of the upper looper therefrom, and a motion change-over device for interchanging operation between the clutch mechanism, the transmission and release means, and oscillational movement release means. The arrangement permits conversion of various stitch formations in a sewing machine to take place in a simple manner without requiring complicated adjustment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1993
    Assignee: JUKI Corporation
    Inventors: Yasushi Baba, Shiro Satoma
  • Patent number: 5253601
    Abstract: A top feed unit comprises a vertical-movement kinematic mechanism (19) and a horizontal-movement kinematic mechanism (20) acting on a rocking arm (18) supporting a top feed dog (17) and operated by respective eccentrics (21, 29) fitted to an auxiliary shaft (37). The vertical- and horizontal-movement kinematic mechanisms (29, 20) and the auxiliary shaft (37) are contained in a housing structure (34) which can be detachably engaged to the sewing machine head (7). The auxiliary shaft (37) is connected to an interconnecting stem (41) rotatably connected to the sewing machine arm (6) and driven in rotation, through a toothed belt (46), by the upper drive shaft (8) of the sewing machine (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1993
    Assignee: Rimoldi, S.r.l.
    Inventor: Roberto Sanvito
  • Patent number: 5237942
    Abstract: An overlock sewing machine which is arranged such that a lower thread take-up lever is disposed independently of an upper looper thread take-up lever and that a lower looper thread take-up lever drive mechanism is fabricated independently of an upper thread take-up lever drive mechanism and adapted to connect thereto an adjust means for adjusting the amount of thread fed from the lower looper thread take-up lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1993
    Assignee: Juki Corporation
    Inventor: Shiro Satoma
  • Patent number: 5216970
    Abstract: A stitching mode changer for an overlock machine which enables stitching modes, i.e., ordinary overlock stitching, standard roll hemming, and special roll hemming, to be changed by a one-touch control operation and which is free from danger of an accident, e.g., breakage of a looper, due to erroneous operation. When a fabric feed dial is set to a feed rate for the ordinary overlock stitching, an adjusting member is flush with a needle plate, but, when the fabric feed dial is adjusted to a feed rate for the standard roll hemming, a cam that is secured to the dial rotates, so that a lever that abuts on the cam surface of the cam pivots, causing the adjusting member engaged with the lever to withdraw below the needle plate. The advance and withdrawal of the adjusting member are reliably effected by a combination of a spring and a retainer for guide, which are provided on a lower knife mount that supports the adjusting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 8, 1993
    Assignee: Suzuki Manufacturing, Ltd.
    Inventor: Kouichi Sakuma
  • Patent number: 5215022
    Abstract: An attachment for a looper is provided whereby one looper of a three (3) or more thread serger can be converted into a spreader for use during stitch formation. The attachment comprises a resilient band which can be quickly positioned over the throat of a looper and a longitudinal member which is pivotally attached to the band for convenient placement through the looper eyelet and which can be likewise easily manually removed without the use of tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 1, 1993
    Inventor: Lester S. Mullis
  • Patent number: 5048435
    Abstract: A switching device is provided for a sewing machine for switching operation of the sewing machine from a zigzag stitching to embroidering or vice versa. The switching device comprises a rotatable disc fixedly mounted on an output shaft of a stepping motor and a sliding member that movably connects one end of a transmission rod via a pin, the other end of which is connected to a needle bar supporter or a fabric feed device, with the rotatable disc so that the one end of the transmission rod is movable between a first position on the rotatable disc which coincides with the center of rotation of the rotatable disc, and a second position on the rotatable disc which is spaced apart from the center of rotation of the rotatable disc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 1989
    Date of Patent: September 17, 1991
    Assignee: Janome Sewing Machine Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideaki Takenoya, Fumiyuki Mishima
  • Patent number: 5040476
    Abstract: A device for switching between normal and embroidering stitching comprises X-directional and Y-directional drive control devices for controlling movement of the embroidering stitching device in X- and Y-directions, respectively, and two stepping motors for driving a needle bar control device or the X-directional drive control device, and a feed control device or the Y-directional drive control device, respectively. Two switching elements alternatively connect the first stepping motor with either of the needle bar control device or the X-directional drive control device, and the second stepping motor with either of the feed control device or the Y-directional drive control device, respectively, to provide for normal and embroidering stitchings, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 1990
    Date of Patent: August 20, 1991
    Assignee: Janome Sewing Machine Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideaki Takenoya, Yoshikazu Ebata
  • Patent number: 4970976
    Abstract: There is disclosed an overlock sewing machine. The overlock sewing machine includes a looper switching unit for selecting an overlocking operative state or overlocking inoperative state, a needle clamp member having a first needle holding hole in which two needles are mounted separately in the manner that the two needles are positioned in parallel and a second needle holding hole positioned slightly eccentrically at the front side of the cloth feeding direction and perpendicular to the cloth feeding direction, whereby eight types of overlocking operations and one type of double-loop stitching operation can be effected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 1989
    Date of Patent: November 20, 1990
    Assignee: SSMC Inc.
    Inventors: Koji Kitai, Masanori Mizunuma, Tatsuo Kikuchi
  • Patent number: 4967677
    Abstract: A composite sewing machine has a lock stitch mechanism and an over-lock stitch mechanism. A switching mechanism is connected to the stitching mechanisms for switching the operation of the sewing machine between a lock stitch operation and an over-lock stitch operation. The machine has a single needle carrying element, a needle position converter for changing the position of the needle carrying element laterally of the stitching direction and including a needle bar connecting stud engaging the needle carrying element and a fulcrum shaft on which the stud is rotatably mounted for pivotal movement to change the vertical orientation of the needle carrying element between a lock stitch position and an over-lock stitch position which are adjacent to each other and juxtaposed laterally on the sewing machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 1989
    Date of Patent: November 6, 1990
    Assignee: Hosei Mishin Seizo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Matsuzo Seiriki, Shogo Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 4867083
    Abstract: A sewing machine comprises a bed 3 on which a work-supporting table 3a is defined and from which a post 4 carrying a cantilevered support arm 5 provided with a needle-holding head 6 at its free end, rises up. An upper shaft 9 performing a rotating motion is housed within the arm 5 and it imparts a reciprocating movement, through a connecting rod-crank linkage 10, to a needle bar 11 vertically slidable in the head 6. Along the upper shaft 9 a plurality of eccentrics 19, 20, 21 are distributed to which auxiliary sewing operation devices 22, 32, 39 detachably associated with the sewing machine 1 are operativley engageable through respective connecting rods 23, 33, 50 and transferring motion mechanisms. A preformed opening 5 is formed in the support arm 5, through which connecting rod 50 is mounted to eccentric 21. An opening 36 is formed in support arm 5 through which stem 37 passes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 1988
    Date of Patent: September 19, 1989
    Assignee: Rimoldi S.r.l.
    Inventors: Emilio Fietta, Ezio Maggi, Franco Marchesi
  • Patent number: 4799439
    Abstract: A looper for a sewing machine capable of making overlocked stitches has a unitary distal portion which is operable for the selective production of overlocked stitches with one needle and three threads or one needle and two threads. The unitary distal portion of the looper includes an upper looper portion and a spreader portion. A holder is provided in connection with driving means for supporting the looper, and a positioning arrangement is provided to selectively position the unitary distal portion of the looper in a first position for movement along a first path or in a second position for movement along a second path for the selective production of the stitches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 1982
    Date of Patent: January 24, 1989
    Assignee: Maruzen Sewing Machine Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Osamu Koshinaka, Yoshikazu Suzuki
  • Patent number: 4721049
    Abstract: In a sewing machine having two mechanisms different in sewing functions installed within one machine frame a single drive motor is provided and functions are alternately actuated by means of a clutch mechanism. Transmission of a driving force is made by keys and corresponding key grooves, and a selection mechanism has a switch-checking device for avoiding an erroneous operation. A release device of the switch-checking device is actuated by operation of the flywheel, to avoid dangers of erroneous switching during operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 1987
    Date of Patent: January 26, 1988
    Assignee: Janome Sewing Machine Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Susumu Hanyu, Akio Koide
  • Patent number: 4690080
    Abstract: An overedge sewing machine is adapted to perform three thread overedge stitching (STITCH TYPES 504 and 505) under the cooperating action of one needle (6) and an upper looper (15) and a lower looper (31). In addition to swing movement in the direction crossing the fabric feed direction, reciprocating movement in the fabric feed direction is selectively applied to the lower looper, whereby the front end of the lower looper is revolved around the needle. If the lower looper is revolved around the needle with the upper looper out of action, this operation provides double chain stitching (STITCH TYPE 401). Further, if the lower looper is revolved around the needle with the upper looper in action, this operation provides three thread double chain overedge stitching (STITCH TYPE 601).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 1986
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1987
    Assignee: Maruzen Sewing Machine Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshio Mikuni, Osamu Koshinaka
  • Patent number: 4655151
    Abstract: A housing forming the free bed base in a sewing machine which is detachable from the remainder of the machine and which is comprised of a tray-shaped base module on which are mounted all lower sewing members that cooperate with the needle in the formation of stitches. These members include a needle plate, closing flat plates located alongside the opposite edges of the needle plate and closing interchangeable elements defining both the front and rear walls of the housing and the remaining portion of the upper flat surface of the latter which is not covered by the closing flat plates and the needle plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1985
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1987
    Assignee: Rockwell-Rimoldi S.p.A.
    Inventors: Adriano Alberti, Giancarlo Minella
  • Patent number: 4641591
    Abstract: A sewing machine consisting of left and right hand individual sewing machines which are joined together adjustably to provide a gap between the machine bases in which drive means are provided that includes an external drive shaft that is joined at its ends to each of the individual machines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 1985
    Date of Patent: February 10, 1987
    Assignee: Rockwell-Rimoldi S.p.A.
    Inventor: Pietro Draghicchio
  • Patent number: 4624201
    Abstract: A sewing machine having a base constructed of two modules having coupling means permitting one of said modules to be quickly removed from the other so that different sewing instrumentalities can be substituted to alter the type of stitch being made.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 1985
    Date of Patent: November 25, 1986
    Assignee: Rockwell-Rimoldi S.p.A.
    Inventor: Ezio Maggi
  • Patent number: 4590875
    Abstract: An improved modular sewing machine which has a base unit including a lower horizontal unit and a vertical upright unit to which can be attached demountable upper and lower stitching instrumentalities, the mounting surfaces of the stitching instrumentalities being substantially coplanar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 1985
    Date of Patent: May 27, 1986
    Assignee: Rockwell-Rimoldi S.p.A.
    Inventors: Roberto Sanvito, Emilio Fietta, Giancarlo Della Torre
  • Patent number: 4498405
    Abstract: In a double-function sewing machine including a lock stitch mechanism and an overlock switch mechanism, a stitching portion of an overlock stitch mechanism thereof is positioned at the right side of the machine frame as seen from a machine operator and at a front side with respect to a lock stitching free arm of the lock stitch mechanism. A space is provided between the rear end of the needle plate for the overlock stitch mechanism and the front face of the free arm, through which a fabric to be stitched passes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 1983
    Date of Patent: February 12, 1985
    Assignee: Janome Sewing Machine Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Susumu Hanyu, Yoshikazu Ebata
  • Patent number: 4487142
    Abstract: A chain stitch insert receivable in the bobbin case of a sewing machine is formed with a topside ledge which captures and consumes thread as a hook point carries a loop of thread around the bobbin case. The ledge enables the formation of chain stitches without the need for a special eyelet on the machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 1983
    Date of Patent: December 11, 1984
    Assignee: The Singer Company
    Inventors: Donald Rodda, Charles R. Odermann
  • Patent number: 4445450
    Abstract: In a double-function sewing machine including a lock stitching mechanism and an overlock stitching mechanism a common driving source and a common flywheel for both stitching mechanisms are used. A switching device for switching the sewing machine from operation with the overlock stitching mechanism to the operation with lock stitching mechanism and vice versa is provided in the sewing machine. This device includes a belt wheel bush rotatable with respect to the machine frame and driven by the driving source and secured to the shaft of the flywheel, a belt wheel for overlock stitching rotatably supported with respect to the machine frame and connected to the overlock stitch forming mechanism, a ratchet guide member mounted on the main shaft of the lock stitch-forming mechanism and pivoted with respect to the machine frame, two sliding plates one of which is the mounted on ratchet guide member and another one of which is mounted on the belt wheel, and a switching lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 1982
    Date of Patent: May 1, 1984
    Assignee: Janome Sewing Machine Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshikazu Ebata
  • Patent number: 4438716
    Abstract: A selecting device for a double-function sewing machine having a single drive motor with the sewing machine including a first stitch forming mechanism to produce one type of stitch, a second stitch forming mechanism to produce another type of stitch, and a transmission for transmitting the rotation of the drive motor to the first and second stitch forming mechanism. The selecting device includes a first clutch operated into an operative position to contact the first stitch forming mechanism to a transmission and operated into an inoperative position to disconnect that mechanism from the transmission, and a second clutch operated into an operative position to connect the second stitch forming mechanism to the transmission and operated into an inoperative position to disconnect that mechanism from the transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 1983
    Date of Patent: March 27, 1984
    Assignee: Janome Sewing Machine Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akio Koide, Yoshikazu Ebata
  • Patent number: 4395962
    Abstract: A straight stitch throat plate for a sewing machine is formed as a resilient thin sheet metal part with integral appendages including a depending rear tab which hooks under the edge of a feed dog slot in a zig-zag plate, laterally spaced depending tabs which are received in locator holes in the zig-zag place, and a bent down flange to extend over a front edge of the zig-zag plate into a position wherein the flange may be engaged by a slide plate on the sewing machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1981
    Date of Patent: August 2, 1983
    Assignee: The Singer Company
    Inventor: Charles R. Odermann
  • Patent number: 4393794
    Abstract: A sewing machine has a stitch control pulse motor for changing the needle position and is connected to a needle plate by means of an intermediate control device which is operated by a starting device of the machine, to change the needle dropping hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 1980
    Date of Patent: July 19, 1983
    Assignee: Janome Sewing Machine Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasukata Eguchi, Hideaki Takenoya, Yasuro Sano
  • Patent number: 4385572
    Abstract: A drop-in pattern stitch assembly for a straight stitch sewing machine comprised of a first drop-in cam drive sub-assembly located at and driven from the forward end of the machine's existing horizontal drive shaft for controlling the lateral zig-zag motion of the machine's needle bar, and a second drop-in cam drive sub-assembly located at and driven from the rearward portion of the horizontal drive shaft for controlling the rotational action of the machine's feed fork regulator, for, in turn, regulating the action of the machine's feed rock unit which moves material on the machine's needle plate. It is contemplated that a standard straight stitch sewing machine can be easily upgraded, first to a simply zig-zag sewing machine, and thereafter to more complex pattern machines, by installation of appropriate drop-in cam drive sub-assemblies of the invention. A special pattern cam belt is adapted for installment between the two in place cam drive sub-assemblies of the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 1981
    Date of Patent: May 31, 1983
    Inventor: Martin Redovian
  • Patent number: 4353158
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for converting a lockstitch sewing machine to a machine for decorating fabrics with at least one untwisted strand of keratinous fiber applied in a pattern to the fabric. In general, the method consists of removing the throat plate, feed dog, presser foot, bobbin, bobbin case and needle bar from the lockstitch sewing machine and inserting instead a needle block having means for securing a plurality of standard punching needles therein, a throat plate apertured to correspond with the plural punching needles carried by the needle block, a presser foot apertured to correspond with the spacing of the needles in the needle block whether passage of the punching needles therethrough and a presser foot with a guide passage for the fibrous strand and a feeddog with sufficient clearance for the punching needles carried by the needle block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1981
    Date of Patent: October 12, 1982
    Assignee: I.W.S. Nominee Company Limited
    Inventor: David E. Henshaw
  • Patent number: 4343250
    Abstract: A lock stitching and overlock stitching machine has a primary driving means, a lock stitching device including a drive shaft, an overlock stitching device including a separate drive shaft and being spaced apart from the lock stitching device, the drive shafts of respective stitching devices being coupled to the primary driving means by a clutch means which is operable to rotate the drive shaft of the lock-stitching device in one direction relative to the user and the drive shaft of the overlock-stitching device in an opposite direction relative to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 1980
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1982
    Assignee: Janome Sewing Machine Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Susumu Hanyu, Noboru Kasuga, Kazumasa Hara, Koichi Watanabe
  • Patent number: 4333410
    Abstract: A machine body of -shape as viewed in front is formed of a bed, an arm frame laterally disposed above the bed, and an upright support uprightly extended from the bed and supporting one end of the arm frame at an upper end thereof. An upper mechanism of a locking stitching sewing mechanism is disposed in the free end of the arm frame and a lower mechanism of the lockstitching sewing mechanism is disposed below the upper mechanism within the bed so that cloth may be subjected to lockstitching by these mechanisms. An overedge stitching mechanism is provided in a recess within the -shaped body in order to apply overedge to the edge of the cloth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 1980
    Date of Patent: June 8, 1982
    Inventor: Bunsaku Taketomi